Sunderland teen charged over offensive MH17 tweet

The MH17 crash scene

The MH17 crash scene

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A SUNDERLAND teenager has been charged with sending an offensive Tweet about the two Newcastle United fans killed in the Ukrainian plane tragedy.

Sunderland-based 18-year-old Mitchell Tace Chapman’s message relates to dedicated Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who both died on the Malaysian Airlines flight, Northumbria Police said.

Mr Chapman, of Pegwood Road, will appear before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on Monday, August 11, charged with making a malicious communication.

Flight MH17 came down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

The death of the Mr Sweeney and Mr Alder, who were travelling to watch their team play pre-season friendlies in New Zealand, brought football fans from across the North-East together, with a charity fund founded by Sunderland AFC supporters having raised more than £30,000 in less than a week.

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2:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Ia2861 says...

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2:31pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Ia2861 says...

An 'offensive tweet'? So what? What happened to freedom of speech? You can't say anything these days.
An 'offensive tweet'? So what? What happened to freedom of speech? You can't say anything these days. Ia2861
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6:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MWatts says...

Ia2861 wrote:
An 'offensive tweet'? So what? What happened to freedom of speech? You can't say anything these days.
Unfortunately the Internet is being dumbed down to the level of a playground, because 1) people can't switch off and go read something else if they're offended, 2) parents that use the Internet as a babysitter are worried their kids will see something frightening.

Grown adults meanwhile, who aren't in the nature of complaining about every little thing, and who might not mind a swear word or two, are left increasingly out in the cold.

What a wonderful Fisher-Price Internet we'll have by about 2050 or so.
[quote][p][bold]Ia2861[/bold] wrote: An 'offensive tweet'? So what? What happened to freedom of speech? You can't say anything these days.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the Internet is being dumbed down to the level of a playground, because 1) people can't switch off and go read something else if they're offended, 2) parents that use the Internet as a babysitter are worried their kids will see something frightening. Grown adults meanwhile, who aren't in the nature of complaining about every little thing, and who might not mind a swear word or two, are left increasingly out in the cold. What a wonderful Fisher-Price Internet we'll have by about 2050 or so. MWatts
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9:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bishop1 says...

maybe it is about respect , especially respect for the dead & their families etc .
I know I wouldn't be too impressed if I had lost a member of family & someone was being offensive about it , there is a time & a place for freedom of speech but it certainly isn't anything to do with people being killed .
maybe it is about respect , especially respect for the dead & their families etc . I know I wouldn't be too impressed if I had lost a member of family & someone was being offensive about it , there is a time & a place for freedom of speech but it certainly isn't anything to do with people being killed . bishop1
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10:31pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MWatts says...

bishop1 wrote:
maybe it is about respect , especially respect for the dead & their families etc .
I know I wouldn't be too impressed if I had lost a member of family & someone was being offensive about it , there is a time & a place for freedom of speech but it certainly isn't anything to do with people being killed .
Some people have different (although you might say 'warped') senses of humour, and should be able to mingle with similarly warped individuals online if they so please.

In much the same way as in real life, you may hang around the water cooler with Michael McIntyre types, or with Frankie Boyle types (The latter would probably crack the same gags as I'm guessing this chap who's been charged has). I heard a few bad taste jokes at work re: the plane crash, but managed to refrain from reporting colleagues to the police.

If you don't like what's being said, remove yourself from where it's being said and get on with life.

In these days of defriend, dislike and thumbs down buttons, who needs the police anyway?
[quote][p][bold]bishop1[/bold] wrote: maybe it is about respect , especially respect for the dead & their families etc . I know I wouldn't be too impressed if I had lost a member of family & someone was being offensive about it , there is a time & a place for freedom of speech but it certainly isn't anything to do with people being killed .[/p][/quote]Some people have different (although you might say 'warped') senses of humour, and should be able to mingle with similarly warped individuals online if they so please. In much the same way as in real life, you may hang around the water cooler with Michael McIntyre types, or with Frankie Boyle types (The latter would probably crack the same gags as I'm guessing this chap who's been charged has). I heard a few bad taste jokes at work re: the plane crash, but managed to refrain from reporting colleagues to the police. If you don't like what's being said, remove yourself from where it's being said and get on with life. In these days of defriend, dislike and thumbs down buttons, who needs the police anyway? MWatts
  • Score: 5

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